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Elderly S'poreans In Bedok, Jurong To Get Subsidised Gojek Rides To Medical Appointments

Gojek has just entered a new tie-up in Singapore, but rather than gaining another business partner to boost new products and services, this time the ride-hailing firm is looking to support the community.

They’re working together with SG Cares, a national movement that aims to build a more caring and inclusive Singapore.

Under the SG Cares-Gojek Medical Transport Subsidy Scheme, Gojek will subsidise rides for senior citizens and low-income families to travel to their medical appointments and back home.

Eligible residents staying in Bedok and Jurong East Town will get to enjoy the transport subsidies from 1 August to 31 December 2019.

They can make use of this to get cheaper rides when going for check-ups at hospitals, polyclinics and dialysis centres.

Announced by Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin at a Kembangan-Chai Chee National Day Dinner on 28 July, the scheme is aimed at supporting “a significant ageing population who have to regularly go for medical check-ups or procedures but are constrained by mobility limitations”.

The scheme will be administered by local volunteer centres Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre and Filos Community Services, along with other social service organisations.

Gojek Singapore General Manager Lien Choong Luen said Gojek looks forward to “playing a bigger role in making Singapore a caring, more gracious and inclusive society”.

“Through this initiative, Gojek is giving our driver-partners the opportunity to help those in need and do their part for the community,” he said.

Vulcan Post reached out to Gojek to find out if they have plans to extend this beyond the selected regions in the future.

A Gojek spokesperson responded saying this “marks one of Gojek’s first corporate social responsibility initiatives in Singapore”, but did not provide more details of what we can expect coming up.

Featured Image Credit: Gojek / The Pride

 

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